Thanks to everyone who has read our story and who has shared their outrage. I really appreciate all the emails, facebook shouts, and blog links. If there is one thing I love about my blog, it is the support of my readers, all across the globe.
I love how all my triplet mom friends have joined my bandwagon. Let me just say this: DO NOT PISS OFF THE TRIPLET MOMS. We are pack of mean, scary bee-atches that stick together. Consider yourself warned. When you wrong a triplet mom it is like you are shitting on all triplet moms in general. It is the mama bear syndrome, TIMES THREE!
I dug out the letter from the attorneys at Davis and Gilbert, the firm that represents the advertising agency. I read and re-read the legal mumbo jumbo and instead of paraphrasing the viewpoint of the lawyers, I am going to post the actual letter (you can double click on the images to enlarge for easier reading) for your own viewing pleasure.This basically lets us know that the intern has billed Y and R for hours of case law research. Here is where it gets comical to me, the explanation of why they believe the commercial is not enough alike Jeff's copyrighted story.I sure do hope the legal team was getting billable hours to concoct this crap. It seems to me that they were fishing for something to say in the reply.I do have to wonder if they just thought we would get this letter and go away with our tails between our legs? What the hell?
If you don't have the time or inclination to muddle through the case references and other general bogus details, it all boils down to this: The attorneys that represent Y and R, believe that the Office Depot commercial does not have enough similarities to Jeff's signature story, and they knit pick the fine print and get all jazzed about the color of the banner and the name of the salon. Oh Please! Gimme a giant break. Any idiot can see the commercial is a dead ringer for the Street Fighter program that Jeff delivers.
The bottom line is this: Y and R should have licensed the use of the story for the commercial spot instead of stealing it. While my friend Scott McKain said it best, When imitation isn't flattery, it is theft!
In the meantime, I am trying to embarrass the agency and Office Depot for their blatant theft of my husband's story and business. My ultimate hope is that the agency and their attorneys offer us a licensing fee to compensate Jeff for his loss. Perhaps if there is media attention, embarrassment from the all mighty Internet or just general inquiries, they will realize they messed with the wrong Street Fighters.
I will update the blog if and when anyone comes to their senses over there. Until then, I will keep Street Fighting. All over the web. Feel free to do the same, you know there is strength in numbers.
I promise to get back to regularly scheduled blog programming, triplet chaos, poop talk, and the kindergarten countdown, after I simmer down and get off my soap box. Thanks!
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